Cherrydale Baptist Church
Friday, March 24, 2017
To love God and people above all else

Foster Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings

3rd Sunday of each month
Room 117, 11am-12:15pm

January 15

February 19

March 19

April 16

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Orphan Care Ministry Meetings

2nd Sunday of each month
Room 112, 9:15 am

January 08

February 12

March 12

April 09

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Contact the Orphan Care Ministry

Foster Care

Foster Care: information taken from:

What is Fostering?

As a foster parent or 'resource parent' as more agencies are calling it, you play an important role in a child's life and have the opportunity to provide much-needed love and care. You are responsible for the temporary care and nurturing of a child who has been placed outside his or her own home due to abuse or neglect. During a time of disruption and change, you are giving a child a home, love and a family. At the same time, your role includes working with the caseworker and the child's family so that the child can return home safely, when appropriate. In many instances, a child is placed outside of his or her home for a short period of time while the birth parents or family receive the support and services needed to make it possible for the child to be reunited with them. Other children may need an alternative plan to aid them in finding a safe, loving, permanent home. In those instances many foster parents choose to become that permanent home through adoption. In Virginia, more than 90% of children in care are adopted by their foster families.

Role of Foster Parent

The role of the foster parent is to:

  • Provide temporary care for children, giving them a safe, stable, loving and nurturing environment
  • Cooperate with the caseworker and the child's parents in carrying out a permanency plan, including participating in developing the plan
  • Understand the need for, and goals of, family visits and assist with those visits
  • Help the child cope with the separation from his or her home
  • Provide guidance, discipline, a good example, and as many positive experiences as possible
  • Encourage and supervise school attendance, participate in teacher conferences, and keep the child's caseworker informed about any special educational needs
  • Work with the agency in arranging for the child's regular and/or special medical and dental care
  • Work with the child on creating a "Life Book," which is a combination of a story, diary, and scrapbook that can help children understand their past experiences so they can feel better about themselves and be better prepared for the future
  • Inform the caseworker promptly about any problems or concerns so that the child's needs can be met through available services

Becoming a Foster Parent

If you have room in your heart and home, you can make a difference in the life of a child in need by becoming a foster parent. Ideally, children should remain with their actual families whenever possible. Although foster care services offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia make every effort to keep families together, it isn't always possible. An array of prevention services may be provided to assist families in remaining intact, but if it is determined that a child cannot remain at home and enters foster care, a host of other services become available. These services are designed to promote child safety and well-being within a nurturing, family environment and are tailored to each child's unique needs.
You, as a foster parent, can make an incredible difference by providing a safe and caring home for children in need of foster care. If you have a desire to nurture a child who needs a safe place to live, if you feel called to care for children who have lived through difficult experiences, if you think it is the right time to open your heart and home to these children, consider becoming a foster parent. The certification process involves taking PRIDE courses, getting a background check, and completing a home study. All of this is done through the county and is at no cost to you.
For more information on becoming a foster, adoptive, resource or kinship parent, please contact your local department of social services or call 1-888-VDSS-2DA (1-888-837-7232).
Arlington County Department of Social Services
Valerie Cuffee, Director
2100 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
703/228-1122 (FAX)
Alexandria Division of Human Services
Suzanne Chis, Director
2525 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
703/746-5800 (Hotline - Report Child Abuse & Neglect)
703/836-2355 (FAX)
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Nannette M. Bowler, Director
12011 Government Center Parkway
Suite 232
Fairfax, VA 22035
703/222-9487 (FAX)